Sports Media Weekly No. 174- John Ourand, Sports Business Journal

After a week off for the holiday Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for another edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Joining Ken and me this week is John Ourand from Sports Business Journal.

We start the show by looking back at the big sports media story from a week ago, the news that Rogers Communications has won the sole national NHL media rights in Canada away from TSN and CBC.  We look at the impact the deal will have in Canada as well as what it may mean for sports rights deals here in the U.S.A.

We move on to the NFL and the news from Fox Sports that it has already sold its entire ad inventory for February’s Super Bowl XLVIII.  The news proves once again that football is king on TV and with sponsors.

We look back at the spectacular weekend of college football and, in particular, CBS’ coverage of the Alabama/Auburn Iron Bowl.  We all give kudos to CBS for its coverage of the game and striking the right tone both in pictures and in words from Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, and Tracey Wolfson.

As ESPN prepares for coverage of its final World Cup for a while we discuss the potential U.S. rights fee battle for the UEFA Champions League matches.  Fox Sports currently holds the rights, but ESPN and NBC are looking to snatch the package away.

We wrap the show by discussing Deadspin’s purchase of a baseball Hall of Fame vote and how that may shake out.

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Week 14 NFL Schedule, with Announcer Assignments

Here is the week 14 schedule in the NFL, along with the announcers calling each game:

THURSDAY, DEC. 05
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Houston at Jacksonville 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, DEC. 08
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Minnesota at Baltimore 1:00 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Kansas City at Washington 1:00 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Buffalo at Tampa Bay 1:00 pm CBS Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein
Miami at Pittsburgh 1:00 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Detroit at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Molly McGrath
Oakland at N.Y. Jets 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Indianapolis at Cincinnati 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Cleveland at New England 1:00 pm CBS Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
Atlanta at Green Bay 1:00 pm FOX Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Tennessee at Denver 4:05 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
St. Louis at Arizona 4:25 pm FOX Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Kris Budden
Seattle at San Francisco 4:25 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
N.Y. Giants at San Diego 4:25 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Carolina at New Orleans 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, DEC. 09
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Dallas at Chicago 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

College Basketball This Week on ESPN

Here is this week’s college basketball schedule, along with announcer assignments, on the networks of ESPN:

Date Time (ET) Matchup / Commentators Network
Thu, Dec 5 7 p.m. Big 12/SEC Challenge: West Virginia at Missouri
Mark Jones & Jimmy Dykes
ESPN2
  Big 12/SEC Challenge: TCU at Mississippi State
Tom Hart & Carolyn Peck
ESPNU
  Rider at Monmouth
Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
ESPN3
  Tennessee Tech at Lipscomb ESPN3
  9 p.m. Big 12/SEC Challenge: Ole Miss at Kansas State
Dave Flemming & Miles Simon
ESPN2
Fri, Dec 6 7 p.m. Loyola Marymount at Pittsburgh
Tim Neverett & Curtis Aiken
ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Fairfield at Quinnipiac
Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
ESPN3
  9:30 p.m. Big 12/SEC Challenge: South Carolina at No. 9 Oklahoma State
Micth Holthus & Reid Gettys
ESPNU
  10 p.m. Big 12/SEC Challenge: No. 3 Kentucky at No. 20 Baylor
Jon Sciambi & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN
Sat, Dec 7 Noon Texas at Temple
Adam Amin & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  1 p.m. Hofstra at SMU
Dave Raymond & Stephen Howard
ESPN3
  Northwestern State at No. 16 Memphis
Greg Gaston & Darrin Horn
ESPN3
  2 p.m. Richmond at Wake Forest
Evan Leplar & Pete Strickland
ESPN3
  East Tennessee State at Georgia Tech ESPN3
  Eastern Michigan at Purdue
Mike Couzens & Jeff Jackson
ESPN3
  William & Mary at Wofford ESPN3
  3 p.m. New Orleans at Minnesota
BJ Schaben & Rich Zvosec
ESPN3
  3:15 p.m. No. 6 Kansas at Colorado
Dave O’Brien & Jimmy Dykes
ESPN2
  4 p.m. Marshall at Penn State
Tim Neverett & Brian Allen
ESPN3
  5 p.m. Virginia at Wisconsin-Green Bay
Mike Morgan & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU
  5:15 p.m. UNLV at No. 2 Arizona
 Roxy Bernstein & Miles Simon
ESPN2
  6 p.m. San Jose State at Houston
Brett Dolan & Reid Gettys
ESPN3
  7 p.m. UNC Greensboro at North Carolina
Joe Davis & Paul Biancardi
ESPNU
  Stetson at UCF
Jesse Agler & Mark Wise
ESPN3
  Binghamton at No. 4 Syracuse
Jason Benetti & Reggie Witherspoon
ESPN3
  9 p.m. Alabama at USF
Rich Hollenberg & Carolyn Peck
ESPNU
  11 p.m. New Mexico State at No. 19 Gonzaga
Steve Quis & Jon Crispin
ESPNU
Sun, Dec 8 12:30 p.m. Virginia Tech at Miami (Fla.)
Tom Hart & Jay Williams
ESPNU
  5 p.m. No. 13 Oregon at Ole Miss
Dave Neal & Kara Lawson
ESPNU
  6 p.m. Jacksonville State at Florida State ESPN3
  8 p.m. Seton Hall at Rutgers
Eamon McAnaney & Tim Welsh
ESPNU

ESPN Announces First Five Analysts for the World Cup

Next year’s World Cup will be the last on ESPN for a while.  Today the network announced five analysts who will work the tournament in Brazil.

Michael Ballack, Alexi Lalas, Steve McManaman, and  Santiago Solari will appear on pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, SportsCenterESPN FC, and FIFA World Cup-themed news and information programs. Taylor Twellman will primarily serve as a co-commentator. McManaman will also co-commentate on select matches.

The analysts will be on hand this Friday at 11:30am as ESPN2 televises the final draw for the World Cup.  Bob Ley will host.

“The quality and diversity of our analyst team was one of the keys to our 2010 World Cup success,” said Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer.  “Michael, Alexi, Macca, Santiago, Taylor and others to come, will form what we expect to be one of the best collections of football minds available anywhere for this global sporting event.”

College Football Schedule on ESPN

ESPN has an impressive slate of college football games this week, including conference championships.  Here is the schedule and announcer assignments:

ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS and ESPN Radio Schedule
Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentator Network
Thu, Dec 5 7:30 p.m. No. 19 Louisville at Cincinnati

Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Kaylee Hartung
ESPN
Fri, Dec 6 8 p.m. Marathon MAC Football Championship: Bowling Green vs. No. 14 Northern Illinois (from Detroit)

Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
ESPN2
Sat, Dec 7 Noon No. 17 Oklahoma at No. 6 Oklahoma State

Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Shannon Spake
ABC
No. 16 UCF at SMU

Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill
ESPN
Conference USA Football Championship Game: Marshall at Rice

Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor
ESPN2
1 p.m. Memphis at Connecticut

John Brickley & Matt Chatham
ESPN3
2 p.m. SWAC Championship Game: Southern vs. Jackson State (from Houston)

Mark Neely & Jay Walker
ESPNU
7:30 p.m. South Florida at Rutgers

Mark Jones & Brock Huard
ESPN2
7:45 p.m. Pac-12 Championship Game Presented by Dr Pepper: No. 7 Stanford at No. 11 Arizona State

TV: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
Radio: Dave Flemming, David Norrie & Dave Shore
ESPN & ESPN Radio
8 p.m. Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game: No. 20 Duke vs. No. 1 Florida State (from Charlotte)

TV: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
Radio: Bill Rosinski, Bill Polian & Joe Schad
ABC & ESPN Radio

NBC Announces Other Hosts for Winter Olympics Coverage

NBC Sports announced today that Dan Patrick, Rebecca Lowe, and Lester Holt will play roles as host to parts of its Winter Olympics coverage this February from Sochi, Russia.

Patrick and Lowe will host NBC Sports Network’s (NBCSN) live weekday and weekend coverage of the games while Holt will serve as host of NBC’s weekday afternoon coverage.

“We are excited to add Dan, Rebecca and Lester to our roster of anchors,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics. “With wide-ranging experience, they will provide NBC and NBCSN viewers with news, insight and storytelling.”

Patrick, Lowe, and Holt join Bob Costas, NBC’s primetime and late night host, and Al Michaels, who will serve as host for NBC on weekend afternoons and NBCSN on weekdays.

Few Changes to Week 15 NFL Schedule

NBC has decided not to flex a game into the Sunday Night Football prime time slot for week 15 of the NFL season and will retain its original match-up between the Bengals and Steelers.

The NFL did move the start time of the Saints/Rams and Cardinals/Titans to the late Sunday afternoon slot on Fox.

Here is the revamped week 15 NFL schedule (All times local):

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 (WEEK 15)

SAN DIEGO AT DENVER 6:25 PM (MT) NFLN

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15

WASHINGTON AT ATLANTA 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
CHICAGO AT CLEVELAND 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
HOUSTON AT INDIANAPOLIS 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
BUFFALO AT JACKSONVILLE 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
NEW ENGLAND AT MIAMI 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
PHILADELPHIA AT MINNESOTA 12:00 PM (CT) FOX
SEATTLE AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
SAN FRANCISCO AT TAMPA BAY 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
NEW YORK JETS AT CAROLINA 4:05 PM (ET) CBS
KANSAS CITY AT OAKLAND 1:05 PM (PT) CBS
GREEN BAY AT DALLAS 3:25 PM (CT) FOX
*NEW ORLEANS AT ST. LOUIS 3:25 PM (CT) FOX
*ARIZONA AT TENNESSEE 3:25 PM (CT) FOX
CINCINNATI AT PITTSBURGH 8:30 PM (ET) NBC

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16

BALTIMORE AT DETROIT 8:40 PM (ET) ESPN